YWPA Awards

2019 Young Women in Public Affairs Award

We are accepting Applications for the 2019 Young Women in Public Affairs Award until March 4!

Zonta International’s Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) award program recognizes a young woman’s volunteer service, leadership achievements and dedication to the empowerment of women.  Applicants are asked to present written personal statements. 

Download the 2019 YWPA Application – Zonta Club of Northampton Area (.pdf) to learn more.

You can begin now and start thinking about letting us know about your studies, current career interests, especially your plans in volunteer or community organizations, plus activities not related to your school or workplace, as well as activities you participate in this increase your understanding other countries and their different customs. You will also have to ask for two confidential recommendations from adults, not related to you, such as teachers, school officials/employee supervisors or community leaders.

The YWPA program, began in 1990 and offered through all Zonta Clubs worldwide, begins with a local award winner whose credentials are then submitted to District and Regional committees for further possible recognition.  Each level of award offers a monetary prize, the highest honor and funds going to ten fortunate winners of the Zonta International YWPA award.

If you are our winner, we will be giving you some money, and we would forward your Application to Zonta District 1 (New England and Nova Scotia, Canada). The winner of the D1 YWPA will receive $1,500, and will have their application sent to Zonta International, where ten (of 30 districts & regions) will receive additional awards of $4,000 each!


Our club’s 2018 YWPA Award

2018 Scholarship & Award Certificate to Elena FrogameniElena Frogameni was our 2018 Young Women in Public Affairs Award winner; she received her scholarship and award certificate just before the Little Stones video.
Elena talked a bit about how & why she had filled out the long but interesting application and what she had been doing at Northampton High School last year – she had created a Student Union, and worked to provide student perspective when decisions that affect the school were made.
Elena is currently a Political Science & Communications student at Mt. Holyoke College.